Cross country runners' success at annual sports event
A team of cross country runners from ‘outstanding’ independent Harrogate prep school Belmont Grosvenor are celebrating after retaining the top trophy at a prestigious inter-schools sporting event.
Pupils from the co-educational school were crowned champions for the second year running at the 18th Annual Junior Schools’ Sports Tournament held at Queen Margaret’s School at York.
More than 100 girls from 11 different prep schools across the country were invited to the annual sporting competition – with competitions in both cross country running and netball.
Belmont Grosvenor’s cross country runners beat off tough competition to take the top title – while the girls’ netball team were runners-up in the netball contest.
Gillian Furniss, Head of Girls’ PE at the prep school, based at Swarcliffe Hall, Birstwith, Harrogate, said she was delighted with the girls’ success at the tournament.
“This is a fabulous result for our pupils – they really deserved their victory and performed incredibly well at both cross country and netball. The girls put in a lot of practice both in lessons at school and in before/after-school sports clubs, and we are incredibly proud of them all.
“The girls won the cross-country last year so it was a great achievement to retain the title, as well as good preparation for some of the them who are competing in the Biathlon Championships in London,” she added.
Pupils at Belmont Grosvenor School, set in 20-acres of grounds just three miles from the centre of Harrogate, enjoy a wide range of sports, including netball, swimming, pop lacrosse, rugby and football.
Eleven pupils from Years 4 to 6 have qualified for The British Schools’ Modern Biathlon Championship, being held at Crystal Palace, London, this weekend (25 and 26 March 2017). It is the largest number of pupils who have travelled down to the capital from Belmont Grosvenor School for the event since they first qualified for the prestigious event four years ago.
Nick Wield, who runs Belmont Grosvenor School’s biathlon club, said he was delighted with the pupils’ success.
“To have 11 pupils qualify for these Championships is a real coup, we are delighted. We are only a small school – and the 11 children competing represents 6 per cent of our Years 3 to 6 cohort. A fantastic achievement,” he said.
For more information about Belmont Grosvenor School, or to arrange a tour, visit the website at www.belmontgrosvenor.co.uk or call 01423 771029.